Guidance for Year 12 and Year 13 students
You should start looking for vacancies early as some employers start advertising in the summer of Year 12 or early autumn of Year 13 (for apprenticeships to start the following summer/autumn). Do also keep looking because some employers don’t advertise their vacancies until the summer of Year 13.
Some suggestions on where to look:
1. Company websites – most large employers advertise their apprenticeships on their own website (and may not advertise elsewhere).
2. Websites specialising in apprenticeship vacancies, such as:
- gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – the national vacancy website and a good place to start. Searching for all vacancies in a particular geographical area will ensure you won’t miss any.
- careerfinder.ucas.com/jobs/apprenticeship/ – search for degree and higher apprenticeships.
3. Register with LinkedIn and follow any companies you are interested in working for – many use LinkedIn to publicise vacancies.
4. Employer/apprenticeship fairs where employers will have stands. WorldSkills UK Live and the National Apprenticeship Show are two examples of large events; look out for local events as well.
5. University/College websites: Many universities (degree apprenticeships) and most colleges deliver apprenticeship training. Websites may give details of employers involved.
6. Other job specific websites, e.g.
- hospitalityguild.co.uk – e.g. hotels, restaurants, event work
- lawcareers.net – legal apprenticeships
7. General job websites with apprenticeship vacancies. For example indeed.co.uk, totaljobs.com.
Andy is a consultant with a strong academic background is combined with wide experience working in education, in both primary and secondary phases, and with outside agencies.